MELBOURNE, Fla. – The family of one of two teens shot and killed by a Brevard County deputy is demanding answers from the state attorney’s office. About an hour after that news conference, the state attorney’s office released a statement saying the review is in its final stages.
Cynthia Byrd Green — the aunt of Sincere Pierce, who raised him as her own — spoke in Melbourne Tuesday with members of Justice Brevard, a community group that says it is “working to ensure transparency and equal justice for all in Brevard County.”
“I want justice. I want transparency. I want everything that’s coming to my baby because he didn’t deserve this,” Green said.
Pierce, 18, and Angelo “AJ” Crooms, 16, were both shot and killed by Deputy Jafet Santiago-Miranda on Nov. 13, 2020 in a Cocoa neighborhood.
In the days after the shooting, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said two deputies were attempting to conduct a traffic stop of what they believed to be a stolen car. After Crooms, who was driving, attempted to continue to drive, Santiago-Miranda opened fire, in fear he was going to be struck by the vehicle, according to the sheriff. The other deputy on scene did not fire their weapon.